The act also limits the number of fiancee visas that Americans can petition for...
Mr. Miller, if you are still reading and want to have a dialog with us, this is one of my major qualms with IMBRA. I understand the need to combat abuse of fiance visas, but to have a lifetime two strikes and you're out policy I don't think is fair and equitable to everybody.
I think there should be some consideration of the circumstances by which someone terminated their marriage to a foreigner or otherwise became available to marry another foreign person. I don't think that someone who's second foreign wife was struck by lightning 20 years ago should be grounds for permanently barring him from ever marrying another foreigner.
But she does want to make sure that foreign women who meet American husbands through online matchmaking services—self-described international marriage brokers—aren’t abused...
Really? Did they describe themselves as brokers? A broker is someone who arranges deals and trades things like stocks and commodities. To call an international personals ad service a marriage broker is a bold step indeed. It also leaves the door wide open for future activists to ban the activity altogether. I mean, if I really believed someone was "brokering marriages" today I would want that operation made illegal. Do you really believe that international personals ad services are brokering marriages?
I would have far less a problem with IMBRA if matchmaking services weren't called "brokers", the fiance visa limit was relaxed (at least for people whose circumstances are legitimate), and if logistics accommodations were made for initial disclosure requirements for people who still rely on postal mail for correspondence. I mean, we don't really want to stop people from meeting international pen-pals, do we?
If an effort were made to acknowledge that meeting through international personals ad services was a legitimate way to meet someone, and that people like us are serious and do have honorable marriages, then I wouldn't have a problem with regulations that were made to ensure the safety and well-being of people, both men and women, American and foreign
, who meet and marry this way.
I don't personally attack individuals or denigrate their religious beliefs. I just want to have a meaningful dialog and clear up misunderstandings and misconceptions.